Jerimiah "J.J." Moen, 29, dies during boxing match
|At left, Moen leaves the ring after winning a fight last March.|
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Moen's trainer says there wasn't a particular forceful punch that led to Moen's collapse. Later reports indicate that coming into the fight, Moen had "serious" undiagnosed brain trauma.
From the Star Tribune:
"He was into his jab, moving around" during the first of what was to be a three-round bout, [Eddie Obregon, Moen's longtime trainer, said]. "When the bell rang, he stumbled to his corner and turned to the corner man."The Forum News Service details what doctors later learned about the state of Moen's brain going into the fight:
It was then, the Grand Forks trainer continued, that the corner man said to Moen, " 'Are you OK?' "
" 'I think I'm done,' " Obregon said his boxer responded.
While still on his stool, Moen's legs started to quiver, Obregon said. "I called for the doctor" assigned to the bout, he added, and numerous other medical professionals came to the boxer's aid as he lay sprawled on the canvas. A call to 911 was made within a minute of the fighter going down...
The previous ring death in Minnesota occurred in February 1994, when 156-pound amateur Donell Lindsey took several blows to the head and collapsed in the third round of a bout in St. Paul [he was later determined to have died from traumatic brain injuries]. Like Moen, Lindsey never regained consciousness.
[Mike Sweeney, J.J.'s uncle] said the family learned that Moen had "serious trauma" to his brain from previous injuries, including concussions.Moen, who weighed just over 200 pounds and was wearing the headgear required for amateur boxers during his last bout, leaves behind a fiancée.
"We don't know if it was from boxing or other things," he said. "In no way is anyone blaming anybody. Nobody foresaw this. Obviously this will open the eyes of everyone in boxing that maybe they've got to have maybe a little more testing and things like that."